Book Review: Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester

April 24, 2014

Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester 
Genre: Romance
Synopsis: Rick and Abby grew up together, became best friends, and ultimately fell in love. Circumstance tore them apart in their early teens, though, and they went on to lives less idyllic than they dreamed about in those early days. Rick has had a very successful career, but his marriage flat-lined. Abby has a magical daughter, Paige, but Paige's father nearly destroyed Abby's spirit.
Now fate has thrown Rick and Abby together again. In their early thirties, they are more world-weary than they were as kids. But their relationship still shimmers, and they're hungry to make up for lost time. However, Paige, now nine, is not nearly as enthusiastic. She's very protective of the life she's made with her mother and not open to the duo becoming a trio. Meanwhile, Rick has very little experience dealing with kids and doesn't know how to handle Paige. This leaves Abby caught between the two people who matter the most to her. What happens when the life you've dreamed of remains just inches from your grasp?
Pressed Pennies is a nuanced, intensely romantic, deeply heartfelt story of love it its many incarnations, relationships in their many guises, and family in its many meanings. It is the most accomplished and moving novel yet from a truly great storyteller of the heart. - Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About a few weeks ago, Steven Manchester emailed me asking if I would like to review his novel, Pressed Pennies, and without hesitation I said yes. 

Pressed Pennies is another wonderful, heartwarming, and romantic novel. And when I say romantic, I literally mean extremely romantic, with the words, the gestures, the kisses. There were scenes in the book where I would think that the romance between Rick and Abby got a little too much, and gave me the urge to say "Oh okay, that's enough with all this talk about love".

Despite the overwhelming romance between Rick and Abby, pressed pennies was heartwarming enough to make the reader go "aww". The idea of pressing a penny down by the railroad for good luck is something I've never heard of, and it intrigued me to the point where I wondered if people actually did that. If they did, then it's a fun way to use the placebo effect to get good luck. I love it! 

Steven Manchester has warmed my heart once again with his deep meaningful writing. Pressed pennies was another page turner, that showed the love not only between a man and a woman, but also between a mother and her daughter. 

I highly recommend this wonderful novel to those who enjoy reading about heart warming flashbacks, overwhelming romantic words and gestures, and reading about how the lives of three people changed with the power of love.

Thank you Steven for giving me this wonderful opportunity to read and review you marvelous novel! 
Have a great day everyone! 

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